School Committee

Phone (508) 228-7285


The following members of the Nantucket School Committee are elected by the community to serve three year terms. Their responsibilities are to:

  • Establish the educational philosophy of Nantucket Public Schools
  • Make the educational policy
  • Adopt curriculum
  • Evaluate the educational program
  • Establish the regulations for governing and operation of the district, and
  • Hire, evaluate, and (if necessary) dismiss the superintendent

The school committee encourages you to attend their meetings held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month in the Nantucket High School Large Group Instruction (LGI) Room at 6:00pm.  




Dr. Timothy Lepore,

Dr. Timothy Lepore moved to Nantucket in January 1983 with his wife Cathy and their three children, Meredity, TJ and Nicholas.  Dr. Lepore has serviced the Nantucket School Committee for the past 24 years (his wife has been at school for 25).  Dr. Lepore graduated from Harvard College in 1966 and Tufts School of Medicine in 1970.  He maintains a busy General Surgical/General Medical practice on Nantucket, is considered a specialist in tick bourne diseases and has been involved in on-going research in the area of Babesiosis and Lyme Disease.  He has been the School Physician for the past 29 years attending almost every Whale Football game, both on island and off, since that time.  His interests includes flintnapping and falconry and is an avid runner, completing, not competing the past 44 consective Boston marathons.  His idea of relaxation is catching up on his professional reading and a variety of non-fiction books. “Island Practice” a non-fiction work highlighting Dr. Lepore’s work on the island was published this summer of 2012 and the creation of a pilot is underway.





 Melissa Murphy,Vice-Chairman,

Proud to call Nantucket home, Melissa was a 1993 graduate of Nantucket High School.  After attending college and living in Portland, ME for almost 9 years, Melissa returned to Nantucket in 2008 with her husband and two children and their two Jack Russell Terriers.  Melissa was elected to the School Committee in the Spring of 2009.  She loves being a part of the lead policy making body for the schools.  She continues to volunteer her time to various organizations,  has recently jumped into a large role with the Dreamland Theater, Melissa most values the time spent with her family.





Kate Bartleman,

Kate Bartleman grew up on Nantucket and is a 1998 graduate of the Nantucket Public Schools.  After graduating from Elon College in 2002, Kate met her husband and settled on Nantucket.  Thier daughter is currently enrolled at Nantucket Elementary School.  Kate can be found on the pool deck vounteering for her daugheter's swim team and in the schools.

Kate currently works at Nantucket Cottage Holspital in the development office as the Event Coordinator, working on the Boston Pops concert and many other events.  Kate has been an active member of the NPS Building Committee.  Additionally, she serves on the local board for Swim Across America, the Patient and Family Advisory Council at NCH and the Dolphins Swim Team Boosters.  She is also an avid runner, recently completing her third Boston Marathon.




    Jennifer Iller, Secretary,

Jennifer Iller is a newly elected member to the School Committee.  She is a former graduate from the Nantucket Public Schools.  Currently, she is a parent of three enrolled students and an active volunteer within the schools. 


Jennifer received a BA from Saint Michael’s College in Winooski Park, VT. Also, she maintains a current EMT certification and works year round as a Property Manager.”




    Pauline Proch, Chair,

Pauline Proch grew up in Great Britain and immigrated to the states in 1982. She moved to Nantucket in 1988 and lives on the island with her husband Tom, along with their son and daughter who are both enrolled at Nantucket High school.


Pauline is the Executive Director for Egan Maritime Institute joining in July 2012 after spending ten years at Nantucket Public Schools.  At NPS she served four as the Executive Director for the Nantucket Community School.  During her tenure  at NCS Pauline first began as their Outreach Coordinator, then stepped up to Interim Director before being promoted to Executive Director in 2008.  Prior to that, she worked in various capacities for the Nantucket AIDS Network for seven years.  Pauline volunteers for several non-profits and is always looking for ways to help make a difference for our students and families, never forgetting that time spent with her family is truly the most rewarding.